How to measure and analyse the texture of food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and adhesives.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Texture Analysis in action: the Craft Knife and Extended Craft Knife

Cutting tests using the TA.XTplus Texture AnalyserThe CRAFT KNIFE ADAPTER (A/CKB) accommodates a standard 50mm wide craft blade and enables precision cutting of samples.

Hard products can be cut whilst providing a ‘disposable’ blade option if blade blunting is of concern. The blade thickness (0.6mm) enables precision cutting of very small samples (e.g. nuts, seeds) or shearing without compression of very soft or brittle samples (e.g. laminated pastry), or tablets, pastilles and many industrial products.

A high density polythene cutting block and 10 spare blades are provided.

Measurement of laminated pastry crispness using the Extended Craft Knife
Measurement of laminated pastry crispness
using the Extended Craft Knife

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The EXTENDED CRAFT KNIFE (A/ECB) version accommodates a replaceable 0.9mm thickness blade supported on a 115mm wide frame. This enables the cutting of deeper and wider samples with a maximum sample width of 100mm.

Note: Protective goggles or other eye protection are recommended when using this attachment.

Papers that use this fixture on a TA.XTplus Texture Analyser have been published, some examples of which are listed below: 

AAMODT, A., MAGNUS, E. M. & FAERGESTAD, E. M. (2003). Effect of flour quality, ascorbic acid, and DATEM on dough rheological parameters and hearth loaves characteristics. Journal of Food Science, 68 (7), 2201-2210.

AAMODT, A., MAGUNS, E. M., HOLLUNG, K., UHLEN, A. K. & FAEGSTAD, E. M. (2005). Dough and hearth bread characteristics influenced by protein composition, protein content, DATEM, and their interactions. Journal of Food Science, 70 (3), 214-221.

We can design and manufacture probes or fixtures for the TA.XTplus texture analyser that are bespoke to your sample and its specific measurement.

Once your measurement is performed, our expertise in its graphical interpretation is unparalleled. Not only can we develop the most suitable and accurate method for the testing of your sample, but we can also prepare analysis procedures that obtain the desired parameters from your curve and drop them into a spreadsheet or report designed around your requirements.

For more information on how to measure texture, please visit the Texture Analysis Properties section on our website.

TA.XTplus texture analyser with bloom jar The
TA.XTplus texture analyser is part of a family of texture analysis instruments and equipment from Stable Micro Systems. An extensive portfolio of specialist attachments is available to measure and analyse the textural properties of a huge range of food products. Our technical experts can also custom design instrument fixtures according to individual specifications.

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